About Aruba

Arubans often speak four languages; English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento. Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages of Aruba.

The origin of Papiamento is still a bit of a mystery. However, Arubans say that it was developed from Portugeuse-African pidgin which was used as the language for communication between slaves and slave traders. There are also some Dutch and Spanish influences.

In most schools in Aruba children have all their lessons in Dutch. They can only speak Papiamento during the Papiamento class.

Aruba is a former Dutch colony. It is now its own country. However, Aruba is still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Aruba is not in Hurricane Alley, which means there’s no BAD time to visit Aruba.

Aruba’s currency is the Aruban florin which is worth about 0.56 US Dollars. It is so rare that you might need to find a specialised currency provider like World First to be able to buy it.

The crime rate in Aruba is pretty low. It is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean.

The above background information was quoted from: http://www.whereistara.com